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Gordon-Booth Introduces Measure to Improve Police Training

PEORIA, Ill. – State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria, is working with oversight officials to develop training standards that will help improve law enforcement officers respond to situations involving individuals with mental illness.

“Law enforcement officers face many dangers and challenges when they are on duty,” Gordon-Booth said. “Providing them with as many tools and resources as possible will help make our communities safer places to live.”

With support from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, Gordon-Booth is sponsoring House Bill 4112, which would require the board to develop a crisis intervention curriculum. Police officers would have access to training that would help them identify symptoms of mental illness and de-escalate situations involving individuals who demonstrate such symptoms.

“An officers’ ability to quickly identify symptoms of mental illness and understand how to help individuals who show such symptoms is extremely important to their role as public servants,” Gordon-Booth added. “Law enforcement officials in Illinois should have access to cutting edge professional development resources that will enable them to calmly and compassionately work with all community members, including those who suffer from mental illnesses.”

For more information,contact Gordon-Booth’s full-time constituent service office at

309-681-1992

or by email at

repjgordon@gmail.com